UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT

At APU, which is like a “United Nations for youth” and a “small globe,” learn to take actions to survive in a global society!

APU is a microcosm of the world, filled with international students, with about half of the students coming from 102 countries and regions around the world. At APU, we focus on helping students discover what they want to learn and how they want to live their lives through a variety of programs, and the faculty and staff do their best to support them. At APU, you will develop the independent inquisitiveness and true international understanding that will be required in the society of the future by meeting many people, reading books, and traveling to the wide world of academia through learning.
At APU, we are focusing on "education that mixes students", such as dual language education in both English and Japanese and multicultural cooperative classes.
We want to cultivate changemakers who can think and act on their own regardless of where they are.

DEGUCHI Haruaki
President, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

Deguchi Haruaki was inaugurated as the 4th President of APU on January 1, 2018. In a first for the university, Mr. Deguchi was selected by a committee that considered candidates from outside the Ritsumeikan University system.

Mr. Deguchi is the cofounder of Lifenet Insurance, the first independent Japanese insurance company created in 74 years. He served as President and Managing Director from the company’s founding in 2006 until 2013, when he became Chairman and CEO. Previously, Mr. Deguchi held various roles with Nippon Life Insurance Company in a career that spanned nearly 35 years, including President of the company’s London-based subsidiary and General Manager of the International Business Division.

Before joining APU, Mr. Deguchi had been appointed as a lecturer at Keio University and Waseda University. In 2005, he was an advisor to the Office of the President at the University of Tokyo.

Mr. Deguchi is a prolific author, having written more than 35 books. Since January 2018, he has written a monthly opinion column for The Japan Times. He holds a degree from the Faculty of Law at Kyoto University.